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North Yorkshire Soldiers Counselling Paid for From Banking Fines


6:00pm 29th October 2013

Money to help pay for group counselling sessions for North Yorkshire soldiers to deal with stress, anger management and domestic abuse has been paid for from banking fines.

David Cameron announced the funding for the county council scheme at an Armed Forces Charities event tonight.

It was also announced at the event that Persimmon Homes in York has signed up to the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant. It's designed to get firms to promise to improve the lives of the armed forces, their families and veterans.

The Prime Minister said

“I am immensely proud to be in a room full of people this evening who are supporting our Armed Forces community.  It is fantastic that so many Armed Forces charities have now been able to benefit from fines from the banking industry – it is right that this money should be used to benefit the Forces community and I am pleased to be announcing a further £9m of funding tonight.

“It is also important that we have representatives from a great cross section of the 50 companies that have signed up to the Corporate Covenant here this evening.  The whole nation owes a moral obligation to our troops and these companies are leading the way by making respect and support for the Armed Forces a part of everything they do.  This is the first annual Armed Forces charities reception and I look forward to having as much to celebrate next year.”

Defence Minister Anna Soubry said:

“I am extremely pleased that so many companies have shown their support for the Armed Forces by signing up to the Corporate Covenant. Our Armed Forces and their families give everything to our country so it is only right that society, including businesses, recognise their tremendous contribution and sacrifice. Some of the UK’s leading businesses and employers from across the country, including three from Yorkshire, have come up with excellent offers and I hope that many more will be spurred on to get behind the Corporate Covenant in any way they can.”

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